School based experiences as contributors to career decision-making: Findings from a cross-sectional survey of high-school students

Galliott, Natal'ya & Graham, Linda J. (2015) School based experiences as contributors to career decision-making: Findings from a cross-sectional survey of high-school students. Australian Educational Researcher, 42(2), pp. 179-199.

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Abstract

This paper is based on a study examining the impact of young people’s backgrounds and educational experiences on career choice capability with the aim of informing education policy. A total of 706 students from secondary schools (Years 9-12) in New South Wales, Australia took part in an online survey. This paper focuses on the differences found between groups on the basis of their educational experiences. Participants who were uncertain of their future career plans were more likely to attend non-selective, non-metropolitan schools and were more likely to hold negative attitudes towards school. Career ‘uncertain’ students were also less likely to be satisfied with the elective subjects offered at their school and reported less access to career education sessions. It is concluded that timely career information and guidance should be provided to students and their families in order to allow them to more meaningfully make use of the resources and opportunities available to them with a view toward converting these into real world benefits.

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ID Code: 84344
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Youth aspirations, Career education and development, post-school transitions
DOI: 10.1007/s13384-015-0175-2
ISSN: 0311-6999
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Australian Association for Research in Education Inc
Deposited On: 20 May 2015 03:51
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 16:26

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